Friday, July 11, 2008

Cheese & Whine: July 11


Indians: 13


  • I got nothin'...


  • The top of the lineup (Aki, Crawford, and Upton) were a combined 0-10 at the plate.
  • Andy Sonnanstine pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing 6 runs on 9 hits while striking out 0.
  • Maddon marched Sonny out to the mound to start the 6th despite the horrible 5th that he'd had (surrendering 5 runs) and allowed yet another homer to the first batter he faced in the sixth. Sonny is partly to blame, but Maddon should never have sent him back out in the sixth.
  • Jonny Gomes doesn't belong within a mile of the outfield. He took another horrible angle in the 8th and if this were a close game it could've cost the team dearly.
  • The blown double-play attempt by Zobrist changed the entire complexion of the game. If Ben completes the DP the inning is over and they go to the 6th tied 2-2.
  • Joe Maddon essentially threw-in the towel by sending Hammel in as the long-reliever.
  • This was the Rays 4th consecutive loss, which ties their season high for most consecutive losses.


  • Until he surrendered the homer in the 5th Sonny hadn't allowed a HR since May 21st. Unfortunately he gave up 2 more to the next 7 batters faced over the 5th and 6th innings.

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